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Victoria Steadman,

Hons. B.A., M.A.,

Clinical Associate/ Psychometrist

I began my journey at Nipissing University, where I completed my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. I immediately grew passionate about the field and fully immersed myself in my studies, aspiring to become a clinician someday. In 2017, I accepted a position as a sleep technologist at the Diagnostic Sleep Clinic (DSC) in North Bay – which was quite unexpected. I quickly developed a fascination with sleep psychology while working at DSC. I began my MA degree in Applied Psychology at Laurentian University the following year and chose to pursue sleep research. Although the circumstances of the pandemic seemed to have continuously thrown unique challenges my way, I believe that my passion for psychology has encouraged me to remain driven throughout the progress of my degree. Over the last 5 years, I have spent a great deal of time conducting research on the links between anxiety and disrupted rapid eye movement (REM) sleep for my Master’s thesis. I have come to realize that the relationship between sleep and mental health is a very common yet complicated one, and place a great emphasis on healthy sleep. I intend to continue down this path to receive specialized training in this area, in hopes to raise awareness to the powerful influence that proper sleep practices can have on our lives. 

 

In January 2022, I completed my clinical practicum with the Mental Health & the Law Program at the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC) under the supervision of Dr. Milan Pomichalek. Working in the forensic program at the NBRHC has been an unforgettable experience that has opened my eyes to the impact that mental health can have on several areas of an individual’s life. I was sad to leave the NBRHC, but I reminded myself “when one door closes, another door opens”. I was welcomed into the Bay Psychology team shortly after, and I am thrilled to be able to continue with my professional development in my hometown. 

 

I am eager to further cultivate my knowledge and skills in psychological assessment and intervention. I am a firm believer that every human being has the capacity to overcome any adversities, no matter how helpless, defeated, or afraid they might feel. Though the psychological healing process looks different from person to person, I strive to incorporate several therapeutic perspectives into my practice so I am able to work with clients according to their unique goals, needs, and expectations of therapy. I consider my approach to be deeply rooted in psychological theory, but also one that embodies empathy, empowerment, and collaboration. I believe this is central to any therapeutic relationship. 

 

My next step is to officially receive my MA degree and to begin work towards obtaining my designation as a Psychological Associate. I am pleased to have joined the Bay Psychology team, and look forward to the journey that awaits!